|First Kiss [ファースト・キス]|
Superb acting by Inoue Mao [Rating: 10/10]
Inoue Mao is definitely a great actress. Probably one of the best from the younger generation. She was great in Hana yori dango but I think she's better in this drama. In HYD, her character is just strong. But in this drama, her character is so much more complex and has so much depth. She can convey all types of emotions without saying a single word. Her facial expressions are just adorable.
Like other great JDramas, this one deals with many issues instead of just love. It deals with the psychological and emotional aspects of a brother trying to do everything he can for his dying sister. It puts out the problem of prioritizing love vs work. It deals with finding the strength and the courage to face possible death. It challenges us to find the motivation and dedication to chase after our dreams even when we keep failing and it seems like everyone is telling us that it's impossible. The complex problems of a doctor/patient relationship are presented in this drama. In a sense there's also a coming of age aspect in this drama when the brother decides to stop relying on his friend's help, and to stand on his own two feet. Certain scenes in this drama also force the audience to think about the emotional and social defensive walls that a person puts up when they have been living with a life-threatening illness their entire lives. And how those walls of hers can manifest itself in a sword like tongue that slashes at anybody who comes too close and might hurt her. I was moved at how they presented the sad truth of nothing lasts forever. Usually, I don't really think about losing happiness. I'm too busy doing things and taking people for granted to think of losing this happiness. To many people, it might sound corny, but the whole message on love was a crucial part of this story.It was both sweet and refreshing to see love blossom through the eyes of a girl who wasn't interested in love because it "doesn't last"